Youth Formation

The Children’s Gathering on the Square

The Children’s Gathering on the Square is a partnership between the Cathedral of St. Andrew and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on Queen Emma Street. There are two programs, both of which meet in rooms at the back of St. Peter’s Parish Hall.

Classes and Activities

For children in pre-school through grade 4:
The Godly Play* program is appropriate for children who are curious about bible stories they hear in church. It meets weekly in “The Loft from approximately 9 am to 10 am on Sunday mornings.”

Children in grades 5 and up:
The Rock program is located in the “Son Room.” It meets once a month from about 9 to 10 am.

Older children are welcome to assist as teachers’ aides with either group.

For more information regarding either program, contact Beth Young 808-236-2333.

About Godly Play

Godly Play is based on the teachings and writings of Jerome W. Berryman, including Godly Play: An Imaginative Approach to Religious Education and other works.

This approach provides the tools for children’s journeys of faith: its space is inviting, and creates mystery and wonder. We are visually reminded it is a holy space. It invites touching things, yet it is clear there is something reverential about them. It is a quiet space that facilitates prayer and contemplation.

Godly Play can be a transformative experience for everyone involved, whatever their ages. We are lucky to have this program in partnership with St. Peter’s as the foundation of our Children’s Ministries at the Cathedral of St. Andrew.

To learn more: In-Depth Look at Godly Play

About The Rock

ROCK stands for Relationships, Outreach, Christ, Kids, and is an awesome group of 5th through 8th graders who meet in St. Peter’s “Son Room” one Sunday each month.

Posts about Youth Formation

Godly Play Schedule, October 2018 September 20, 2018 Oct. 7 The Good Shepherd and World Communion The Good Shepherd & World Communion story helps us mesh the scripture we hold so dearly in our Bible and our weekly worship together (our Liturgy). We revisit the Parable of the Good Shepherd and weave it together with all the people around the world who share in the Eucharist at communion tables everywhere. I wonder when you come close to this table, do you hear the words of the Good Shepherd spoken ... More...

Godly Play Schedule for September, 2018 September 8, 2018 Welcome back to Godly Play! Our first session will include a brief registration/orientation before the lesson. Sept 9 The Story of the Holy Family Our lesson today will focus on the Holy Family. We enter into the story of the Mother Mary, the Father Joseph, and Jesus, who we meet both as a baby and a risen savior. We learn in the lesson of the Holy Family, that, in both forms, Jesus was, as he has been since, “reaching out to give ... More...

An In-Depth Look at Godly Play December 24, 2014 Godly Play is based on the teachings and writings of Jerome W. Berryman, including Godly Play: An Imaginative Approach to Religious Education and other works. Among the subjects at the training are the four genres of Godly Play language: the Language of the Sacred Story, usually three-dimensional, in which God is the main character and the People of God encounter God’s “elusive presence”; the Language of the Parable, generally two-dimensional, “supporting the timeless quality of Jesus’ words to us”; the Language of the Liturgical Action ... More...

photo: two boys engaged in Godly Play Work